It’s not likely that you are going to lose your online data anytime soon, though it is always a present possibility. Your real threats to your online social media accounts are hackers, viruses, user error, disgruntled employees and legal issues. You risk your access being shut off–without warning–if a service suspects you of violating its terms of service. At this very moment, many hackers are targeting online accounts simply because they are easier to access than your computer. On top of that, roughly one third of all data loss is due to user error. Backing up your social media accounts can minimize this risk.
Below are some useful apps and services, mostly free or with low subscription fees, for backing up your social media accounts and more.
TweetBackup is a free Twitter internet-based backup service. Backups your Twitter profile, all of your posts and a lists of your friends and or followers. Due to Twitter restrictions, TweetBackup (and other Twitter backup services) can only backup your last 3200 tweets so you’ll want to start backing up today.
What’s nice about this service is that it provides daily backup, automatically with a variety of formats including CSV, RSS, HTML and Text.
Has a restore setting not working
Also has links to a sister application, BlogBackupr
The brainchild of Alfred Armstrong and Nikki Pilkington, Tweetake allows users to back-up your followers, people you are following and Tweets–all with just one click. Select what you’d like to backup (followers, favorites, DMs, friends, tweets, or everything). Tweetake is a comprehensive manual Twitter backup application that allows you to, at one time, backup.
- Up to 10,000 followers’ tweets
- Up to 1,000 favorites (currently limited to 200 by Twitter)
- Up to 10,000 friends’ tweets
- Up to 3,200 tweets
- Up to 1,000 direct messages
Mark your calendar to back up every week / month / your choice of frequency. It’s free and simple to do. I like the options of backing up only what’s important to you.
Backup your Tweets for free with BackupMyTweets (a menu item on BackupMy.net)! This free service creates a daily backup of your tweets with flexible download options including HTML and more.
BackupMy.net also provides comprehensive backup services for
- email (Gmail, Hotmail and Windows Live)
- Blog (WordPress, Blogger, or Typepad) Get the security of daily backups including pictures, blog comments and blog design
- Online Pictures
each for $19.95/month.
Backupify gives you 1000mb of free storage for:
- Google Docs
Setup takes just minutes, and is as simple as entering your login credentials for the sites you want to backup. Set it up once and Backupify conducts daily backups of your connected accounts. Choose the option of receiving an email digest of backup activity either daily or weekly.
Back up your Facebook Friends, Photos , Profile and wall status updates to your computer in seconds & travel back in time with this wonderfully simple application.
It allows you to connect to Facebook and download your photos, friends, status updates and profile, both for safekeeping and so you can view them offline. Socialsafe now also has a Time Capsule feature that enables you to see your friends, photos and profile from previous backups – no more will you delete photos from Facebook and not have a backup! Unfortunately, SocialSafe does not currently provide backup for Facebook fan pages though they say it’s in development…no time frame given. They are also working on working on backing up status updates, scheduled back ups, and re-introducing tagged photos. At only $2.99, this is a great value.